Portrait of a yogi: Qing Lu

Hi everyone! This week, I’m introducing you a friend who did the Yoga Teacher Training with me in Bali last year! I love what she learnt about herself and life afterwards the training. And I’m sure you will love her interview as much as me!

Can you introduce yourself quickly?

 

Hello, I’m Qing. I’m a 31 year old Pharmacist and Medical Representative based in Melbourne.

 

When did you start practicing yoga?

 

I’ve been practicing Yoga casually for the past 5 years, but only started a daily Vinyasa practice in the last two years.

 

When did you decide to take the leap with your Yoga Teacher Training?

 

When I discovered my local Power Living Studio in Melbourne, I was hooked from Day 1. The community, positive vibes and energy were incredible ! I knew from that moment that I wanted to complete my YTT with them in early 2018.

 

Tell us about your yoga teacher training journey…

 

I completed the 3 month 200 YTT part time. It was the perfect balance of study, play and meeting a community of like minded Yogis from different backgrounds. I’ve made friends for life and also had an incredible week in Bali which i’ll never forget.

 

What is yoga for you?

 

For me, yoga is a journey of self-care and self-discovery – learning to say ‘no’, taking time out for myself and being okay with this, learning more about limiting core-beliefs and improving my self-awareness, in addition to challenging myself in my asana practice. In 2018 my goal was to do the splits, which I achieved. This year, it’s to conquer my fear of inversions. Lately, yoga has taught me to honour my body and be kind to myself.

 

What did you do after the teacher training course?

 

I haven’t actively been teaching Yoga, but instead i’ve explored more opportunities for self study. I would love to work with students who have experienced trauma/PTSD to make a positive impact on their lives.

 

What did you implement from the YTT in your life? Do you see your job, things or people differently?

 

I’m definitely more self-aware and kinder to myself. I’ve learned that there are many things in life that are beyond my control. Additionally, to observe my feelings more, and about detachment. I’ve been going through a lot of stress with my father’s health…but Yoga has taught me that ‘pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional’.

 

Could you share with us one yogi mindful tip you have to help protect the Earth that everyone could be interested to do too?

 

It costs nothing to be a kind human.

 

And finally, what’s next?

 

Continuing my journey as a student of life and Yoga and hoping start teaching soon.

I started an Instagram page around May 2018 filled with yoga inspiration and positive quotes to spread love in the community.

 

Read more about beautiful yogi stories here!

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